Food Gifts for Christmas
Add a personal touch by making food gifts for Christmas presents right from your own kitchen.
Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
These decadent little delights are a cross between bourbon balls and chocolate truffles. Nestle each one in a mini baking cup, and place them in cardboard jewelry boxes wrapped in holiday paper before delivering.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
Mini cake mixes, wrapped individually in 12-ounce microwaveable mugs, make adorable gifts.
Recipe: Hot Honey
Delicious drizzled over biscuits and fried chicken or whisked into a vinaigrette, this chile-infused honey will make a welcome addition to anyone's pantry. Present it in a cute jar jazzed up with washi tape.
Pineapple Craft Cocktail with Lime Sea Salt
When poured into a glass bottle, this tangy mixer makes a fantastic hostess gift, especially when it's packaged with a batch of Lime Sea Salt and a bottle of tequila.
Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones with Molasses-Orange Butter
These scones look great and travel well when tucked in a bowl wrapped up in a large (30 inches or more) kitchen towel or pretty linen.
Pound Cake Truffles Sampler
These sweet little gems—our update on the ubiquitous cake ball—fit perfectly in 4-inch square jewelry boxes with mini cupcake liners (both found at crafts stores)
Cheese Straw Sampler
Wrap these savory bites in a fabric-lined 9- × 4 1/2-inch box. Make dividers out of corrugated paper or lightweight cardboard.
Velvety Pecan Candy
Recipe: Velvety Pecan Candy
Make two batches of Velvety Pecan Candy, one each of chocolate and vanilla. Then prepare to see them disappear.
Shortbread Cookie Sampler
Buttery bites make for well-received packages. We used a 9- × 6-inch box and inserted individual white treat boxes as dividers ($8 for six at kmart.com)
Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Tired of giving cookies and sweets to your friends this holiday season? Make savory Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers instead.
Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
Recipe: Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
Great things come in small packages! These pecan pie bites are small but full of flavor and just the right size for pass-along party desserts.
Bourbon-Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe: Bourbon-Cream Cheese Brownies
Rich brownie and cream cheese batter is kicked up a notch with bourbon—great for both chocolate and bourbon lovers!
Recipe: Pecan-Toffee Shortbread
Shortbread serves as a base for this chocolaty pecan toffee. Pecan-Toffee Shortbread makes excellent food gifts, but make extra because it'll be hard to give this sweet treat away.
Hot Fudge Sauce
Ready in 10 minutes, our velvety chocolate sauce and its delicious variations make terrific presents. When giving as a gift, include a reminder to refrigerate.
Recipe: Butter-Pecan Granola
Try making this Butter-Pecan Granola to give as a gift instead of cookies. It's great with yogurt and fruit or just by itself as a snack.
Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls
Chopped, toasted pecans and crushed vanilla wafers lend an extra layer of flavor and texture to Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls. Serve them with coffee, or package them up as take-home gifts at the end of a party.
Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
Recipe: Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
The hardest part about making Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy is waiting for the chocolate to firm up before devouring it.
To get the marbled effect, alternate white and dark chocolate squares on a baking pan. Bake as directed, remove from oven, and immediately swirl the warm chocolate with a wooden pick.
Recipe: Praline Pecans
Pralines are best made when the weather is dry--humidity tends to make them grainy. Be sure to use a heavy saucepan, and work quickly when spooning the pecan mixture onto the wax paper.
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
As if milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies weren't perfect enough a mixture, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark. This recipe is great for giving as gifts, but be sure to save a few pieces as a holiday treat for yourself.
Caramelized Ginger Pears
Herbed Cheese Spread
Sweet Spice Blend
Wrap up a Spice Bag by, give it as a gift, and let the recipient choose how to use it. Include our mulling spice recipes with the bag.
Instructions: Place 8 black peppercorns, 6 whole allspice, 6 whole cloves, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, and 3 (3- x 1-inch) orange rind strips on a 5-inch square of cheesecloth. Gather the edges, and tie securely with kitchen string.